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Questions tagged [science]

For questions about the fictitious in-universe science found in works of speculative fiction. Questions purely concerning real-world science are off-topic.

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What does the term 'serum' refer to in science fiction stories? [closed]

Most definitions say that it is a component of blood that has been in a centrifuge, but I haven't seen any definitions that is associated with sci-fi. I often came across this word when people talk ...
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Television episode about scientists discovering the Grand Unification Theory, as each one discovers it they begin to vanish

I'm still trying to find another sci-fi show/series/episode - it has similarities to the one Twilight Zone with the downed WWII aircraft. But in this one, a bunch of scientists stumble onto ideas that ...
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How many calories does the Human Torch burn?

I mean the guy has to burn a lot of calories, literally. So how many calories does he need to take in, to engulf himself in flames for at least an hour? Assumption(?) for this question: he does draw ...
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Transporter Displacement [duplicate]

I'm aware of the "Heisenberg compensator" plot device to explain how transporters get around the Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle. However, it occurs to me that there is an even more basic (i.e., in ...
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What were the power sources of the rings from Captain Planet?

Captain Planet's 'Planeteers' each have a powerful ring. What is the source of their power and does the use of this power itself cause pollution (e.g. is their use a ...
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The slide rule in the science fiction [closed]

Inspired by this cover of (a particular case of the more general phenomenon of "Futuristic" Worlds Where Everybody Uses Obsolete Technology) I will ask: How popular is the slide rule in the science ...
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Star Trek Discovery (Episode 9) Klingon Cloaking Device Explanation [closed]

Not sure if this is a question for SciFi SX or Physics SX. In Star Trek Discovery (Season 1 Episode 9) the USS Discovery (aka good guys) are in war with the Klingons (bad guys). The bad guys have ...
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Why do the Starfleet vessels always get cold so quickly when the power goes out? [closed]

The ISS is mostly concerned with expelling heat. So if the power went out the instruments would stop giving off heat but the bodies should produce quite a lot and if the ship is only losing heat by ...
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Is there any evidence of relativity in the Star Wars universe?

In the comments on How is age kept track of in the Star Wars universe? we started discussing the relevance of relativity in the star wars universe. Is there any evidence in Canon or Legends of any ...
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In Flowers for Algernon was Charley actually less intelligent than he was before the procedure?

We note that Algernon, the rat, died and that seems to indicate that the procedure not only wore off but had some severe after-effects. Charley Gordon did not die but was it suggested that he was left ...
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Explanation of this quote “it took man six thousand years really to discover science”?

The quote is from Theodore Sturgeon's "Microcosmic God", 1941, and in full is: It took man six thousand years really to discover science, three hundred to put it to work. It took Kidder's creatures ...
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What radiation is present in Star Trek TNG The Drumhead?

In Star Trek: TNG Episode "The Drumhead" (4x21) there was a breach in the dilithium chamber that caused a radiation leak that caused them to have isolation doors drop and prevent the crew access to ...
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What are the units of mass and the standards of comparison in Westeros?

In Game of Thrones S07E01, someone weighs a body part (not being specific to avoid spoilers)-- and finds that it weighs 147 (or something). It always bothers me when people specify unit-less ...
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Why couldn't Morpheus have used the emp at the end of The Matrix while Neo was still in the Matrix if it doesn't fry their own tech anyway?

As shown at the beginning of the movie, using the EMP doesn't damage anything in the ship, so why did they have to wait until Neo was out of the Matrix to use it ? Even if it only damages online ...
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How did they get away from the tsunami if there were 45 minutes before the next slide?

In Sliders season 1, episode 6 "Summer of Love", at the end of the episode they slide onto a world and Q-Ball (Quinn Mallory) says the next slide is in 45 minutes. Then they hear a rumbling and they ...
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Is bacta a substitute for Nanomedicine in the Star Wars universe?

No mention is ever made of nanomedicine in Star Wars canon. Is it because bacta can accomplish what nanomedicine can accomplish or could the two exist as different procedures?
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Is there any example of gene therapy in the Star Wars canon?

I tried researching it, but sometimes Wookieepedia is incomplete and I haven't read all the literature. It was used in Legends, but was gene therapy used in the new canon?
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Is there any scientific basis behind the “Big Mistake” theory in Hyperion? [closed]

The Big Mistake of the Hyperion books says: The "Big Mistake" was a cataclysmic event thought to have destroyed Old Earth, having been brought about when a team of physicists in Kiev created an ...
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Is a sonic screwdriver possible? [closed]

Keeping it simple, is it possible to use sonic waves to apply rotary force to an object? And, if so, would it be possible to provide enough power to it via conventional battery tech?
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Is it possible for Supergirl to have sex or offspring?

Can Supergirl have sex and have children? Strange question but worth asking.
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Where did the apes find another Icarus spaceship from to return to earth?

Where did the apes find another Icarus spaceship from to return to earth ? & How did they have the knowledge to pilot it.
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Why couldn't the crew of the Phoenix use known pulsars to determine their position?

In C J Cherryh's novel Visitor (17th novel in the Foreigner series), it's revealed that: In real life, we made a point of engraving the solar system relative vectors of known pulsars on the Pioneer ...
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Echo Death, obscure novel from 1972?

Can anyone help to find the exact title and author of a novel I read in 1972? It was checked out of a library, and I believe it was a new release at the time, though I may be wrong about that. I ...
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Economics of the Empire

The Empire seems very similar in a lot of ways to Nazi Germany, which only survived because it was able to plunder resources from its neighbors, but the Empire was basically the only real force in the ...
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Where does light come from in Jules Verne's Journey to the Center of the Earth?

Disclaimer: I haven't read the book yet, but am really curious about this, but am trying to avoid spoilers that give away the whole story. I'm trying to get just an answer to this question without ...
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What was the first story where a universal constant had a different value?

In some stories, the value of a universal constant is different than it is reality. For example, in Going Postal: 'Something like that, sir, probably, something like that,' said Groat. 'Three and ...
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Potatoes were alive and sprouted on Mars: How were they preserved on the journey there?

Please note: The biology related aspects of this question are posted here. In "The Martian" (2015), the protagonist grows potatoes on Mars. We see him using seemingly fresh potatoes as his seeds. ...
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Is the Magic School Bus actually magic?

Is The Magic School Bus, of the The Magic School Bus franchise, actually magic? On one hand, it's called magic and does many things that science probably can't achieve. On the other hand, it is only ...
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When did zombies become “infected” rather than corpses raised from hell?

I am curious as to the evolution of the zombie concept. In old horror movies from the 60s and into the 80s, zombies were depicted as "true" undead beings; people who have died and been inhumed, and ...
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What was the first story describing realistic zero-g during space flight?

Newton's law of universal gravitation has been known since 1686 and it states that gravity is proportional to inverse square of the distance, but never fades to 0. This led to stories where various ...
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X-Files - Waxman-Geschwind

In season 4 / episode 23 Mulder and Scully talk about the Waxman-Geschwind Syndrome. Sometimes Syndromes and/or Phenomenons that are part of the episode, exists in reality. Does Waxman-Geschwind ...
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How much G-Force do people transported by the Flash experience?

How much is estimated g-force experienced by people grabbed and moved by Flash, and many times does it exceed fatal dose of (around) 65g? Why don't these people die because if the G-force?
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How does ash cool the planet?

It said that the Lord Ruler moved the planet too close to the Sun and it became too hot. So he kicked the ashmounts awake and let the ash cover the atmosphere and cool the planet down to a habitable ...
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Which Bone is Leela Missing?

In Season 8, Episode 9 of Futurama, called "Fry Am the Egg Man", Leela says that she has 205 bones in her body. A normal human has 206 (at adulthood), so what bone is Leela missing?
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Inconsistent science in Planet of the Apes

In the original Planet of the Apes, the reason for their travel forward in time is their near light speed travel, which causes time to move slower for them. This is scientifically accurate, allows ...
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Could the ocean really evaporate due to nuclear war, as shown in Mad Max: Fury Road? [closed]

In Mad Max: Fury Road, it's strongly implied that the Pacific Ocean has evaporated (or almost entirely evaporated), and is now just "the Great Salt." In particular, Max says that riding across the ...
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How does light from the Starkiller reach Leia? [duplicate]

OK, the StarKiller base in Episode 7 found a way to send energy from a star millions of light years away at warp speed. Obviously. However visible light doesn't travel faster than light speed. Right?...
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Chemical Elements in the Star Trek Universe

Star Trek commonly refers to chemical elements we "haven't yet" discovered, such as "bilitrium", "illirium", "veridium", and "yominium". A few might correspond to isotopes found in the Island of ...
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What's the nutella for?

In the image below, Captain America is hugging the Winter Soldier while telling Stark and Banner ... I have my own secret club now Cap's club is Army Bros so I'm assuming that implies Stark and ...
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Why weren't they already growing food on Mars?

This might be separated in to 2 questions but I have issues with Mark Watney(Matt Damon) growing his own food on Mars. Currently the space station is growing their own food. On a side note it doesn'...
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Story where stardrive test-pilot visits alien solar system and is attacked by a psychic (alien) child

Looking for story title and author. Can't remember if the story was a short story, novella or novel. Here's the storyline as I remember it. In the near future humans have just created a prototype ...
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Looking for title and author of book where gun powder explodes

Like the title says I'm looking for title and author of a book where gun powder explodes. I read it sometime ago (15-20 years) The story starts in a university where they are testing a machine. When ...
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Why did DS9 need a Science Officer (pre-wormhole!)?

There is some suggestion that there's a position of Science Officer aboard starships. On NCC-1701, this was Spock. On NX-01, this was T'Pol. But there really isn't such high-ranking position on ...
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To build the Iron Man suit, what fields did Tony Stark need to be an expert in?

I have been thinking about superheroes lately and Iron Man seems to be the safest one. His suit allows him to practically be bulletproof. In what fields did Tony Stark have to be an expert in to ...
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Trying to find the title of a science fiction novel where the monster is singing killer space fungus

Yep. Singing killer space fungus. I'm trying to find a science fiction novel that scared the bejesus out of me when I was a kid. This book was one of those paperback novels from the '60s or '70s. ...
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Boy discovers his life is a science experiment

Children's story I read 13-15 years ago about a boy who finds out his whole life is part of a science experiment. It would have been a fairly short book with easy to understand language as I couldn't ...
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How did Ant Man interact with Yellowjacket's suit after shrinking to sub-molecular levels? [duplicate]

In the movie, when Ant Man realized he needed to shrink to sub-molecular levels to enter Yellowjacket's suit - how did he then interact with the components to destroy the suit? Titanium has a density ...
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Can tree frogs modulate their infrared output? [closed]

In Jurassic World one of the scientists said that tree frogs can modulate their infrared output. Is this science fiction or science fact?
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Book where a mysterious force transports most of the humans from Earth to various other planets and times

I forget the title and author, but he described the opening as such: a mysterious force, likely aliens, removes a large proportion of humans from Earth, and transports them to different planets, while ...
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Looking for 50's 60's science fiction short story - radio waves and combustion

I can't remember the name of the story, but in it a character in a remote Alaskan outpost during a war between the US and the Chinese (or Russians, can't remember). This sentry makes a discovery that ...